Political Science 506: Power in 20th Century American Society

SYLLABUS

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Lecture Slides
01 Introduction (1/21) (pdf)
02 Berlin (1/23) (pdf) Handout
03 Foucault (1/28) (1/30) (pdf) Handout
04 Foucault (2/4) (pdf) Handout
05 Ehrenreich (2/6) (pdf) Handout
06 Ehrenreich (1/11) (pdf) Handout
07 Marcuse (2/13) (pdf)
08 Marcuse (2/18) (pdf)
09 Marcuse (2/20) (pdf)
10 Marcuse handout (2/25)
11 Johnson (2/27) (pdf) The Social Construction of Race in America, Handout
12 Johnson (3/4) (pdf) Handout
13 Malcolm X & Alex Haley (pdf) Handout
14 Malcolm X & Alex Haley (pdf) Handout
15 Malcolm X & Alex Haley (pdf) Handout
16 Alexander (3/25) (pdf) Handout
17 Alexander (3/27) (pdf) Handout
18 Alexander (4/1) (pdf) Handout
19 Do the Right Thing (4/3) (pdf) Handout
20 Friedan (4/8) (pdf) Handout
21 Friedan (4/10) (pdf) Handout
22 Friedan (4/15) (pdf) Handout
23 Millet, Firestone, & Morrison (4/17) (pdf) Handout
24 Starling, Jervis, Peterson, & Millar (4/22) (pdf) Handout
25 Millar & Valenti (4/24) (pdf) Handout
26 Friedman, Valenti, & Graff (4/29) (pdf) Handout
27 Thelma & Louise (5/1) (pdf) Handout
28 Death Proof (5/6) (pdf) Handout
29 Conclusion Handout

Course Reader
Readings marked “Recommended” are not required, but will add to understanding of course materials & be useful for in-class discussion.

I. Power & Freedom
Isaiah Berlin, “Two Concepts of Liberty”
Selections from Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish

II. Class & Economy as Practices of Power
Alejandro Portes, Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology
Recommended: NYT: For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall
Recommended: Philippe Bourgois, “Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative”
Recommended: Press Gazette, The Guardian signs seven-figure deal to build on ‘shared values’ and provide branded content for Unilever
Recommended: The Onion, Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance
Recommended: The Onion, Parking Lot Attendant Seemingly Unaware New Day A Gift From God

III. Race, Identity, & Social Order
Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
Recommended: The Urban Institute: “Race, Justifiable Homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws: Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report Data”
Recommended: Regressing (Deadspin), “The Word “Thug” Was Uttered 625 Times On TV On Monday. That’s A Lot.”
Recommended: “The Racial Dot Map”: Visualization of Census Info
Recommended: James Baldwin, “Fifth Avenue, Uptown”
Recommended: Ta-Nehisi Coates, “No, Lincoln Could Not Have ‘Bought the Slaves'”
Recommended: Douglas R. Edgerton, “Abolitionist or Terrorist?”
Recommended: Look magazine interview with Emmett Till’s murderers ; Subsequent letters to the editor of Look
Recommended: Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail
Recommended: Statement by Alabama Clergymen (the statement that prompted King’s letter)
Recommended: William F. Buckley, Why The South Must Prevail
Recommended: Gov. George C. Wallace, 1963 Inaugural Speech: “Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever”
Recommended: Christina Sterbenz, “What Happens When A White Guy Tries To Steal A Car And What Happens When A Black Guy Tries”
Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing Amazon rental; Hitbliss; YouTube rental; Google Play; iTunes. On reserve at College Library.
Recommended: Rick Perlstein, The Nation, “Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy”
Recommended: Josh Levin, Slate, “The Welfare Queen”

IV. Gender, Bodies, Power, & Violence
Kate Millet, "Theory of Sexual Politics"; Shulamith Firestone, selection from The Dialectic of Sex; Toni Morrison, “What the Black Woman Thinks About Women’s Lib”

Phaedra Starling, “Schrödinger’s Rapist: or A Guy’s Guide to Approaching Strange Women Without Being Maced”
Thomas MacAulay Millar, “Mythcommunication: It’s Not That They Don’t Understand, They Just Don’t Like The Answer”; “Meet the Predators”

Recommended: Walt Bogdanich, NYT, “A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault
Recommended: Emily Yoffe, “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk”
Recommended: Ann Friedman, “College Men: Stop Getting Drunk”

Recommended: NBC New York: “Alleged New Jersey Rape Victim Says Pleas for Help Were Ignored” Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault
Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe, “For Jared Remy, leniency was the rule until one lethal night” Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence
Recommended: Sezin Koehler, Pacific Standard, “From the Mouths of Rapists: the Lyrics of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

Selections from Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti, eds., Yes Means Yes

Jaclyn Friedman, “This Is What Rape Culture Looks Like”
Jessica Valenti, “Ending Rape Illiteracy”; “Asking For It”
E.J. Graff, “Building a Respect Culture”; “To Stop Rape Culture, Ring the Bell”
Ridley Scott, Thelma & Louise Netflix; Amazon rental; Vudu. On reserve at College Library.
Quentin Tarantino, Death Proof YouTube rental; Google Play; iTunes. On reserve at College Library.

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